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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643994/the-impact-of-valproic-acid-treatment-on-weight-gain-in-pediatric-patients-with-epilepsy
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Pietro Ferrara, Antonio Gatto, Valeria Blasi, Federica DI Ruscio, Domenica Battaglia
BACKGROUND: Valproic acid (VPA) is an antiepileptic drug, used for focal and generalized seizure. VPA treatment resulted in significant weight gain but there are no systematic data about the prevalence of this side effect. The aim of the study is to evaluate the weight gain of a paediatric population with epilepsy. METHODS: We enrolled 38 patients, 17 female and 21 male with a mean age of 8.2±4.4 years. We evaluated data about height, weight and BMI at beginning of treatment and at 24, 36 and 48 months of follow-up...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643843/perisylvian-including-insular-childhood-epilepsy-presurgical-workup-and-surgical-outcome
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Elena Freri, Sara Matricardi, Francesca Gozzo, Massimo Cossu, Tiziana Granata, Laura Tassi
OBJECTIVE: To report the presurgical workup, surgical procedures, and outcomes in a series of pediatric patients with drug-resistant epilepsy involving the perisylvian/insular regions. METHODS: We retrospectively assessed 16 pediatric patients affected by drug-resistant focal epilepsy involving perisylvian/insular regions, who consecutively underwent tailored resective surgery. All patients underwent a detailed presurgical workup, which included the analysis of the anatomoelectroclinical correlations with scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and/or with stereo-electroencephalography (SEEG), brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and comprehensive cognitive and neuropsychological evaluations...
June 23, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641166/care-coordination-at-a-pediatric-accountable-care-organization-aco-a-qualitative-analysis
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Baria Hafeez, Sophia Miller, Anup D Patel, Zachary M Grinspan
OBJECTIVE: Care coordinators may help manage care for children with chronic illness. Their role in pediatric epilepsy care is understudied. We aimed to qualitatively describe the content of a care coordination intervention for children with epilepsy. METHODS: We conducted nine semi-structured interviews and one focus group with care coordinators at a pediatric accountable care organization (ACO) in Ohio. The care coordinators used a modified version of a published care coordination checklist for children with epilepsy (Patel AD, 2014)...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631894/serpini1-pathogenic-variants-an-emerging-cause-of-childhood-onset-progressive-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Emmanuelle Ranza, Stephanie Garcia-Tarodo, Konstantinos Varvagiannis, Michel Guipponi, Johannes A Lobrinus, Armand Bottani, Ilse Kern, Mary Kurian, Marie-Pascale Pittet, Stylianos E Antonarakis, Joel Fluss, Christian M Korff
Progressive myoclonic epilepsies are rare neurodegenerative diseases with a wide spectrum of clinical presentations and genetic heterogeneity that render their diagnosis perplexing. Discovering new imputable genes has been an ongoing process in recent years. We present two pediatric cases of progressive myoclonic epilepsy with SERPINI1 pathogenic variants that lead to a severe presentation; we highlight the importance of including this gene, previously known as causing an adult-onset dementia-epilepsy syndrome, in the genetic work-up of childhood-onset progressive myoclonic epilepsies...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629685/sudden-death-in-epilepsy-knowledge-among-pediatric-providers
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Madison M Berl, Howard P Goodkin, Barbara L Kroner, Adrian Bumbut, Gardiner Lapham, William Davis Gaillard
A survey of 146 pediatric care providers (PCPs) revealed that 75.3% were unaware that children with epilepsy were at risk of death, specifically from sudden unexpected (or unexplained) death in epilepsy (SUDEP). PCPs assume that the treating neurologist discusses these risks. Increasing PCPs' knowledge of SUDEP will help address the care gap related to informing families about SUDEP.
June 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628538/memory-rehabilitation-strategies-in-nonsurgical-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-a-review
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Alessandra Del Felice, Marzia Alderighi, Matteo Martinato, Davide Grisafi, Anna Bosco, Pamela J Thompson, Josemir W Sander, Stefano Masiero
People with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) who have not undergone epilepsy surgery often complain of memory deficits. Cognitive rehabilitation is employed as a remedial intervention in clinical settings, but research is limited and findings concerning efficacy and the criteria for choosing different approaches have been inconsistent. We aimed to appraise existing evidence on memory rehabilitation in nonsurgical individuals with temporal lobe epilepsy and to ascertain the effectiveness of specific strategies. A scoping review was preferred given the heterogeneous nature of the interventions...
July 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623069/neonatal-hypoglycemia-a-wide-range-of-electroclinical-manifestations-and-seizure-outcomes
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Ebru Arhan, Zeynep Öztürk, Ayşe Serdaroğlu, Kürşad Aydın, Tuğba Hirfanoğlu, Yılmaz Akbaş
PURPOSE: We examined the various types of epilepsy in children with neonatal hypoglycemia in order to define electroclinical and prognostic features of these patients. METHOD: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients with a history of symptomatic neonatal hypoglycaemia who have been followed at Gazi University Hospital Pediatric Neurology Department between 2006 and 2015. Patients with perinatal asphyxia were excluded. Details of each patient's perinatal history, neurological outcome, epilepsy details, seizure outcome and EEG and brain MRI findings were reviewed...
June 1, 2017: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620276/an-analysis-of-a-novel-short-term-therapeutic-psychoeducational-program-for-children-and-adolescents-with-chronic-neurological-illness-and-their-parents-feasibility-and-efficacy
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Bonglim Joo, Young-Mock Lee, Heung Dong Kim, Soyong Eom
The purpose of this intervention was to develop a therapeutic psycho-educational program that improves quality of life in children and adolescents who are experiencing chronic neurological illness, including epilepsy, and their parents, and to analyze the intervention's feasibility and efficacy and participants' satisfaction. Participants were eight children (n = 8) and adolescents and their parents; participating children were experiencing chronic neurological illness with psychological comorbidity; children with intellectual impairment were excluded (IQ < 80)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619377/cumulative-incidence-of-seizures-and-epilepsy-in-ten-year-old-children-born-before-28%C3%A2-weeks-gestation
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Laurie M Douglass, Timothy C Heeren, Carl E Stafstrom, William DeBassio, Elizabeth N Allred, Alan Leviton, T Michael O'Shea, Deborah Hirtz, Julie Rollins, Karl Kuban
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the incidence of seizures and epilepsy in the first decade of life among children born extremely premature (less than 28 weeks' gestation). METHOD: In a prospective, multicenter, observational study, 889 of 966 eligible children born in 2002 to 2004 were evaluated at two and ten years for neurological morbidity. Complementing questionnaire data to determine a history of seizures, all caregivers were interviewed retrospectively for postneonatal seizures using a validated seizure screen followed by a structured clinical interview by a pediatric epileptologist...
May 18, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617940/quality-of-life-in-childhood-epilepsy-in-pediatric-patients-enrolled-in-a-prospective-open-label-clinical-study-with-cannabidiol
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Evan C Rosenberg, Jay Louik, Erin Conway, Orrin Devinsky, Daniel Friedman
Recent clinical trials indicate that cannabidiol (CBD) may reduce seizure frequency in pediatric patients with certain forms of treatment-resistant epilepsy. Many of these patients experience significant impairments in quality of life (QOL) in physical, mental, and social dimensions of health. In this study, we measured the caregiver-reported Quality of Life in Childhood Epilepsy (QOLCE) in a subset of patients enrolled in a prospective, open-label clinical study of CBD. Results from caregivers of 48 patients indicated an 8...
June 15, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615945/ictal-blinking-an-under-recognized-phenomenon-our-experience-and-literature-review
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Marco Andrea Nicola Saporito, Giovanna Vitaliti, Piero Pavone, Giuseppa Di Stefano, Pasquale Striano, Roberto Horacio Caraballo, Raffaele Falsaperla
Ictal blinking (IB) is a very rare disease manifesting as an epileptic motor event in children and adults. Until now it has not been included in any classification of focal seizures of the International League Against Epilepsy Commission. It could be unilateral or bilateral, isolated or in association with other motor manifestations such as limbs' clonus and spasms. Its pathogenesis has not been clearly established: paroxysmal discharges from different areas of the brain could cause IB by activation of trigeminal fibers...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612538/-risk-factors-and-prognosis-of-secondary-epilepsy-in-children-with-viral-encephalitis
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Liang Huang, Dan Yu, Rong Luo, Min Li, Hui Zhou, Xiao-Tang Cai, Zhi-Ling Wang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the clinical features of viral encephalitis in children at acute stage, and the relationship of these clinical features with post viral encephalitic epilepsy. METHODS: The children with viral encephalitis treated in West China Second University Hospital between January 2010 and January 2014 were enrolled. The clinical features included general conditions, clinical manifestations, video electroencephalogram (VEEG), neuroimaging, virology, prognosis and antiepileptic drugs...
March 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609734/assessment-of-treatment-patterns-and-healthcare-costs-associated-with-probable-lennox-gastaut-syndrome
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J Eric Piña-Garza, Georgia D Montouris, Francis Vekeman, Wendy Y Cheng, Edward Tuttle, Philippe Giguere-Duval, Mei Sheng Duh, Vivienne Shen, Timothy B Saurer, Jouko Isojarvi
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a chronic and severe form of epilepsy characterized by intractable seizures, cognitive impairment, and abnormal electroencephalogram findings with slow spike-wave complexes. It typically presents before age 8, but symptoms continue into adulthood and require lifelong treatment associated with significant clinical burden. Data on LGS-associated healthcare utilization and costs are limited. In this study we use a claims-based LGS classifier based on random forest methodology to identify patients with probable LGS from the a Medicaid multi-state database and assess its prevalence across the age spectrum, healthcare utilization, treatment patterns, costs, and comorbid conditions...
June 10, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608354/-presumed-perinatal-ischemic-stroke-risk-factors-and-clinical-and-radiological-findings
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N Villora-Morcillo, C Cordero-Castro, M Berenguer-Potenciano, J I Rodriguez-Martin, L Lucendo-Jimenez, A Camacho-Salas
INTRODUCTION: Presumed perinatal ischemic stroke is a frequent cause of neurological sequelae. We aimed to describe the different clinical findings and risk factors and to analyse the differences according the vascular origin. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective, descriptive study of patients diagnosed with presumed perinatal ischemic stroke attended at a tertiary pediatric hospital from 1990 to 2015. RESULTS: 44 patients were included. A total of 24 patients (55%) had arterial ischemic stroke and 20 (45%) had periventricular venous infarction...
June 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605627/impaired-responsibility-dimension-of-self-esteem-of-brazilian-adolescents-with-epilepsy
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Nathália F Siqueira, Fernando L B B Oliveira, Elisabete Abib Pedroso de Souza
This study aimed to compare the self-esteem of Brazilian adolescents with epilepsy and Brazilian adolescents without this condition and the correlations between self-esteem of these adolescents with depression and anxiety symptoms. Study participants were 101 adolescents of both sexes, aged 10-19years old, from elementary and high school education. Fifty patients diagnosed with uncomplicated epilepsy attending the pediatric epilepsy clinic of University Hospital composed the case group. The other fifty-one adolescents without this diagnosis were attending public schools in Campinas-SP region...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605011/use-of-the-ketogenic-diet-to-manage-refractory-epilepsy-in-cdkl5-disorder-experience-of-100-patients
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Zhan Lim, Kingsley Wong, Heather E Olson, Ann M Bergin, Jenny Downs, Helen Leonard
OBJECTIVE: Pathogenic variants involving the CDKL5 gene result in a severe epileptic encephalopathy, often later presenting with features similar to Rett syndrome. Cardinal features of epilepsy in the CDKL5 disorder include early onset at a median age of 6 weeks and poor response to antiepileptic drugs. The ketogenic diet (KD) was first introduced in the 1920s as a treatment option for refractory epilepsy in children. This study investigated use of the KD in the CDKL5 disorder and its influences on seizures...
June 12, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604149/risk-of-second-seizure-in-pediatric-patients-with-idiopathic-autism
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Asad A Qadir, Emily Obringer, Joseph Hageman, Charles Marcuccilli
PURPOSE: Epilepsy is a comorbidity of idiopathic autism spectrum disorder. The aim was to characterize the risk and time of second seizure in children with idiopathic autism spectrum disorder. METHODS: A retrospective review was performed at the University of Chicago and NorthShore University HealthSystem. Patients with idiopathic autism spectrum disorder, ≥1 seizure, and age 2 to 23 years were included. RESULTS: 153 patients were included; 141 (92%) had a second seizure...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589518/forty-years-of-sodium-channels-structure-function-pharmacology-and-epilepsy
#18
William A Catterall
Voltage-gated sodium channels initiate action potentials in brain neurons. In the 1970s, much was known about the function of sodium channels from measurements of ionic currents using the voltage clamp method, but there was no information about the sodium channel molecules themselves. As a postdoctoral fellow and staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I developed neurotoxins as molecular probes of sodium channels in cultured neuroblastoma cells. During those years, Bruce Ransom and I crossed paths as members of the laboratories of Marshall Nirenberg and Philip Nelson and shared insights about sodium channels in neuroblastoma cells from my work and electrical excitability and synaptic transmission in cultured spinal cord neurons from Bruce's pioneering electrophysiological studies...
June 7, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583702/barriers-to-genetic-testing-for-pediatric-medicaid-beneficiaries-with-epilepsy
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Eric J Kutscher, Sucheta M Joshi, Anup D Patel, Baria Hafeez, Zachary M Grinspan
BACKGROUND: Children with public insurance (Medicaid) have increased barriers to specialty care in the United States. For children with epilepsy, the relationship between public insurance and barriers to genetic testing is understudied. METHODS: We surveyed a sample of US child neurology clinicians. We performed quantitative and qualitative analysis of responses. RESULTS: There were 302 responses (of 1982 surveyed; response rate 15%) from clinicians from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, including board-certified child neurologists (82%), resident physicians (6%), nurses (3%), and nurse practitioners (3%)...
April 20, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580160/oxcarbazepine-induced-stevens-johnson-syndrome-a-pediatric-case-report
#20
Burçin Beken, Ceren Can, Aysegül Örencik, Nuray Can, Mehtap Yazıcıoğlu
Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis are two rare but life-threatening diseases characterized by detachment of epidermis, bullous skin lesions and mucous membrane erosions. Anti-epileptic drugs are highly suspected to be the causative agents. Although carbamazepine (CBZ) is the most associated anti-epileptic drug, oxcarbazepine (OXC), which is a monohydrated derivative of CBZ, is proposed to be safer because of the different metabolism of the two drugs. Herein, we report a case of SJS induced by oxcarbazepine...
June 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
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